The Remarried Empress (Novel) - Reviews

Alt title: Jaehon Hwanghu (Novel)

The Remarried Empress (Novel)
autumnglory's avatar
Nov 27, 2021

The novel is at least better than the webtoon because while you still have to go through a frustratingly long exposition and plot progression, flashbacks, etc. before the actual divorce itself, reading the novel and seeing the thoughts, character motivations, details, etc. that the webtoon cut out is beneficial. That being said though, Alphatart's story is...not very good? Again, the novel does a better job than the webtoon fleshing out the characters but the story is just another run of the mill "revenge" romance story with politics thrown into the mix.

Navier is the perfect empress, competent and regal, but there's not much to her character other than that. She's actually a very boring character. Yes, the author gives Navier faults like not being able to express her emotions, being too logical, etc. but from the beginning of the novel to the end, she's basically the same character. It is hard to root for a character, the main character, who is perfect in every way and without true faults (and whatever faults she has are superficial or get resolved easily - her love life, her role as Empress, etc.) She moves from the Eastern Empire to the Western Kingdom, has to establish herself in the Western Kingdom as the new queen, etc., but it's just more politics, which she is already competent with because of her role as the former Empress of the Eastern Empire. She marries another king of a foreign country and becomes the new empress when the kingdom becomes an empire, so she doesn't even have to deal with no longer being the empress. Navier doesn't actually have to grapple with threats she can't handle; even her biggest obstacle, that being what she's supposed to do after Sovieshu divorces her and she is no longer empress, is not really an obstacle for her because she already has someone who can solve it for her. The role of empress is literally given to her because the man she marries is another king/emperor. Which brings me to the next character: Heinley. Readers of the story can criticize Sovieshu all they want, and the criticism is justified, but why should Heinley get a pass? He and the Western Kingdom were actually stealing magic from the Eastern Empire's mages, would have gone to war with the Eastern Empire, and killed Emperor Sovieshu. Heinley even admits himself that was his plan, and he would have taken Navier as his prize, if things hadn't developed the way they did in the story (Rashta, the divorce, Navier remarrying Heinley). Heinley doesn't invade the Eastern Empire after marrying Navier, but his behavior doesn't improve in the future. He continues to instill this behavior in his and Navier's children, encouraging them to invade/start wars with other countries. As idiotic as Sovieshu might have been, in his reign as an emperor, he certainly never went to war or planned to go to war with another country.

The way the author treats side characters in this story is also not very ideal. For example, Grand Duke Kaufmen, who is/was in love with the titular main character Navier. The author seems to love flipflopping Kaufmen's personality and/or using him as a deus ex machina or plot progressor when it's convenient. Want to include another love interest for Navier, even though she already has Sovieshu and Heinley? Here's Kaufmen, the handsome mage and prince from a desert country! How to get Kaufmen to be in love/be obssessed with Navier even though he has no actual reason to? A love potion! How to deal with Christa (Heinley's deceased brother's ex-wife, who is infatuated with Heinley, and the former queen), a character who was and could have been a great opposition to Navier/someone not as dumb as Rashta and just as versed in politics as Navier? Kaufmen, so we can then conveniently have Christa's reputation ruined, and then have her shipped away/locked up! The author introduces a lot of plot points that could have been interesting to their natural progression, but instead hand waves them away/doesn't mention them again/has a easy solution to them.

TLDR, The Remarried Empress is a disappointing read that does nothing new with its plot, and a disservice to its characters.

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
6/10 overall
Samibot's avatar
Dec 19, 2021

The first hundered chapters are agrivating but have good storytelling, important background information, and interesting character dinamics.  After her divorce (past chapter 148, but I don't quite remember, as I'm currently on ch 407), things become even more entertaining, as it becomes 1/2 societal intrigue, espionage, and lies; 1/2 slice-of-life romance between Navier and Hensley ( I think I spelled his name right).

9/10 story
8/10 art
10/10 characters
9/10 overall
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